Before I Go to Sleep: A Novel Hardcover – Jun 14 2011
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Before I Go to Sleep: A Novel
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I read this book in one sitting. The premise is rather simple but the way the story unfolds is completely captivating: a woman wakes up each day unable to remember anything that's happened in the last 20 or so years. The story is her journal as she pieces together her life and dark secrets are slowly revealed. This is a gripping, entertaining and unputdownable thriller and should be the big summer blockbuster this year!!
Everything you've heard? All that and more! What an amazing debut! Rights have been sold in thirty countries already and the film rights are sold as well.
Christine wakes up early and finds herself in bed with a middle aged man. One she doesn't know and can't quite remember how she got there.
"Usually I can remember how I get into situations like this, but not today. There must have been a party, or a trip to a bar or a club. I must have been pretty wasted. Wasted enough that I don't remember anything at all. Wasted enough to have gone home with a man with a wedding ring and hairs on his back."
She creeps into the bathroom, but the hand that flushes the toilet looks wrong. And when she looks into the mirror, there's a middle aged woman looking back. That can't be her - she's twenty five, that woman is at least 45... And then the man wakes up and tells her who she is - his wife. His wife who had a bad accident that left her with head injuries and severe amnesia. She literally cannot remember anything from day to day.
"You've had amnesia for a long time. You can't retain new memories, so you 've forgotten much of what happened to you for your entire adult life. Every day you wake up as if you are a young woman. Some days you wake as if you are a child."
Ben her husband goes off to work. The phone rings and she answers it - it's a man who says he is a doctor treating her and tells her to look in her closet for her journal. And along with Christine, we read what she remembers.Read more ›
The only downfall of the book, was that it seemed it was almost anti-climatic. 3/4 of the book builds the reader up & as the reader, you think you're getting close to a fulfilling, detailed ending. But, before you know it, the book is over & the ending leaves a lot to be desired. Watson definitely could have spent more time developing the ending, instead of wasting the reader's time by repeating over & over that Christine has just woken up & has to look at the photos around the bathroom mirror...
Cons: some plot twists are predictable
Every morning Christine Lucas wakes up next to a stranger: her husband, Ben. An accident has robbed her of the ability to remember the past 20 years and to retain new memories.
She quickly discovers she has been keeping secrets from Ben, in the form of Dr. Nash, a doctor trying to help her regain her memories and a diary she's been keeping for the past few weeks. A diary that has, 'DON'T TRUST BEN', scratched into the front page.
This was a quick read that pulls you in from page one. The plight of a woman who has no idea who she is, who learns things each day and then forgets everything, is gut-wrenching.
Ben is alternately a sympathetic and sinister character. Christine discovers he lies to her, but isn't sure if it's to keep her from feeling grief over the events of the past or for another purpose.
I was able to guess a few things that would happen, but the climax was strong and contained a few twists I didn't predict.
Nothing overly complicated or technical, pacing of the novel was excellent. I disagree with reviewers who said it was too repetitive - it's called character development people! You're dealing with an amnesiac who can't form new memories...what did you expect?!
Don't expect to learn a lot about the condition as it is not very scientific (which were my expectations). Instead, this is a nice intro and might urge those interested to delve a little deeper into neurological conditions.
Readers should not rate this book poorly because of the "idea" they had in mind was not met, or the misconceptions led by other readers. Rate it for what it is. A great debut for the author. S. J. Watson has lots of potential & it will be nice to see where his career leads him.
Sit back and enjoy :)
Most recent customer reviews
I was so disappointed by this book. I don't agree that it was "beautifully written," and there are many moments that I question the author's perception of what it feels... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
Totally absorbing and keeps you guessing
Highly recommend it!
I read this book because of the hype and glowing reviews. I really liked the book and I wanted to see what happened at the end, which is really what any good writer should do, but... Read morePublished 3 months ago by BookRecycler
fascinating book & I read it twice I enjoyed so much
please send my list of other novels by Watson
Loved this book and found it hard to put down. The premise of memory loss and how her memory comes back. Or is it her mind playing tricks on her? Read morePublished 7 months ago by Katy Andrews
Had it been not predicable, I would have given five stars. Nonetheless, a very good read for a first novel.Published 10 months ago by hl